Corrections and Descriptions: This story originally provided Ken Cooper with the wrong title. He is the director of the THT of New York, a New York-certified Firearms and Security Training Academy.
For a law enforcement expert Body camera footage shows Andrew Brown Jr. panicking and escapingBrings reckless driving and threats In the neighborhood Parliamentarians and the general public.
For defenders of civil liberties, the same video shows a scared black man trying to escape from a group of lawmakers with a gun pulled out by driving across the lawn at a relatively modest speed.
Brown’s death video, Displayed on Tuesday, It’s like a similar death body camera video: it supports the beliefs of those who see it. Police experts who understand that police officers are trained to thwart threats will find out if their agents have followed the policy. Civil rights advocates who saw a black man killed after a runaway conflict understand how Brown’s death could be avoided.
Underlying this is the law and court decisions that give law enforcement officers suspicious interests.
Why body cameras didn’t fulfill their promise to expose cheating: The police decide what to release.
42-year-old Brown was shot dead in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 21, after a Pasquotank County lawmaker tried to serve him with an arrest warrant. According to an independent autopsy commissioned by his family, the agent shot Brown five times, including one behind his head.
Andrew Womble, District Attorney, Showed clips and photos from the camera I’m wearing at a press conference on Tuesday When he explained why Brown’s deadly shooting was “justified” under the law. He said lawmakers would not face criminal accusations.
“Brown threatened the lives and safety of field police and civilian bystanders, giving rational police a compelling reason to end the encounter,” Wombre said. “The law does not require officers in nervous or dangerous situations to wait until the moment the suspect uses a deadly weapon to act to stop the suspect.”
For Chad Marlowe, senior policy adviser to the American Civil Liberties Union, the publicly played body camera video is “the point of all American police issues.”
“They jumped out of the car and arrested a black man who pulled an assault rifle. They have body camera footage, but they won’t show it to reporters,” Marlowe said. “When he’s driving, they fire repeatedly at the car as if a black man didn’t care whether he lived or died.”
The three lawmakers who fired at Brown were allowed to continue working, but would be disciplined and retrained because “this is a terrible tragic result and we can do better.” Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Uten Said in a video statement..
Congressmen gathered in Brown In his car
The body camera footage shown on Tuesday was from four lawmakers. The other two didn’t turn on the camera. Shows an agent jumping from a pickup and running towards a blue BMW with a weapon containing at least one semi-automatic rifle.
Lawmakers surrounded the car and shouted to Brown to raise his hand.
Sgt. Wombre said that when Joel Landsford tried to reach for the driver’s door handle, Brown backed up the car and Landsford fell into the hood of the car.Congressman shouted to Brown In abusive words Stop.
Brown made a tight left turn Away from at least three lawmakers, And the bumper passed Landsford. Landsford jumped and put his hand on the car.
At that point, the first bullet was fired.
Brown left the legislator across the grassy plot as the shooting lasted for about four seconds. His car barely missed an unmarked law enforcement vehicle. Brown’s car arrived at a driveway less than a block away.
Lawmakers rushed to the car and shouted to Brown to raise his hand. When they opened the door, the lieutenant said Brown had a gunshot wound and others called an ambulance.
In explaining why lawmakers are not prosecuted According to Wombre, Brown’s car went directly to law enforcement officers in an unmarked car., And other lawmakers were in a nearby car..
“How was he a threat?”
One of the reasons for the different views on what happened That day That means most of the body camera videos haven’t been released. North Carolina law does not consider it a public record and its publication requires a court order.
last month, North Carolina The judge prevented With the public release of the video, the family could only see about 18 minutes of the video available for more than two hours, including events before and after the shoot. The judge allowed the lawmakers to blur their faces.
Chance Lynch, a lawyer for the Brown family, said he saw a mish mash of footage shot from multiple body cameras during the same period., Total about 18 minutes..
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the entire incident took 20 seconds and the family could see it repeatedly. Lynch said knowing what was said before, during, and after the incident was important for understanding the state of mind of the police officers.
On Tuesday, Lynch petitioned the court to allow the family to see full footage of an unedited body camera, as well as other videos, audio, still images, and details from a state investigation.
Lynch said his family will file a federal civil rights proceeding against lawmakers and the sheriff’s office, hoping that the Department of Justice will “play a role in this.”
Lynch said he had a hard time deciding who did what because the legislator’s face was blurry. What was clear to him and his family was that Brown tried to escape with his car turned to the left.
“How was he a threat when he was heading in the opposite direction across the lawn?” Lynch asked.
Scott Greenwood, stand out Constitutional rights lawyers said Brown’s car did not appear to pose a danger to lawmakers or used as a weapon. He said the complete video would give a clearer picture.
“The public wouldn’t be able to fully understand what happened in North Carolina without access to the entire video of the camera they were wearing,” Greenwood said. “If the prosecutor refuses to disclose the video and has the ability,” Trust us. We know what we are doing. We are right. It is not enough to say “I will do it.” “
tolerance legal Force standard
US Constitutional Amendment Article 4 and the 1989 US Supreme Court case, Graham v. Connor, admits that law enforcement officers are doing a difficult job and must make momentary decisions without knowing everything about the situation. I will.
The constitutional standard is to examine the mindset of the police officer who shot at that moment and compare it to what a rational police officer with the same knowledge of the same situation would do in the same situation.
Officer Who Fearing their lives, they are often given the discretion to use deadly powers, which are considered justified in most cases.
According to Wombre, Brown’s vehicle made two contacts with Landsford.
“The exact speed at which Brown attacks Deputy Landsford in an attempt to escape is uncertain, but it is not uncertain that he drove recklessly and endangered police officers,” Wombre said.
Many police stations do not allow police officers to shoot vehicles unless they are in the way, unless the suspect has shot dead the police officer.
According to the policy of the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, lawmakers should “take reasonable steps to get out of the way of approaching vehicles rather than firing guns” as much as possible.
Only if they “reasonably” believe that there is no other way to avoid the “imminent threat” from the vehicle, or if the public or agents are threatened by another deadly force. You should shoot.
The policy defines “imminent” as “imminent” and is not immediate or immediate.
Police expert: Brown “had to be stopped”
Jeff Alpert, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, said there was “no imminent threat” based on what he saw, but you definitely need to see all the footage. Let’s go.
The district attorney’s office “doesn’t say what’s right or right,” he said. “They just say it didn’t go up to the level of crime.”
According to Alpert, many departments have banned shooting in moving vehicles.t can present difficult questions to officers.IWhen the person inside is killed, the vehicle “becomes an unguided missile …. the car is likely to continue and, like the brakes, can drop your foot on the accelerator.
In a written statement to USA TODAY, Mr. Uten said the policy of the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office did not strongly recommend shooting moving vehicles unless it was necessary to save someone’s life. ..
“As the body camera video shows, Andrew Brown’s car struck a lieutenant in his car and then drove directly to another lieutenant,” Uten said. “The lawmakers used deadly power to save their lives.”
Ken Cooper, director of THT in New York, a New York-certified firearms and security training academy, said the agent was managed and professional in dealing with Brown. “They fired when needed” and did not empty the magazine, as many officers do in high stress situations.
“Our job is to protect society. This guy is out of control. He has to be stopped,” Cooper said, adding that officers don’t have many tools at their disposal.
“If he stopped when the policeman started shooting the car, he had the opportunity to do that,” Cooper said. “He promised to do what he was trying to do. If someone was in his way, he would have killed them, even at the age of five.”
Marlowe said Brown was “not the one trying to assault the policeman, it was the one trying to escape”-it’s clear that he knew what could happen to a black man stopped by the police. Stated.
The situation was “tragic,” but lawmakers on the ground had no choice but to react in their own way, Wombre said.
“The law enforcement agencies were obliged to stand in their place, continue to carry out their obligations, and detain Andrew Brown,” he said. “They simply couldn’t let him go.”
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